Brad Marchand can be used by the Bruins in many different roles. Agitator and goal scorer are the two we see the most from Marchand, two roles he is very good at. But last night in the Bruins 2-1 shootout win over the Devils, Marchand found himself placed in a spot he’s never seen before.
After five rounds of the shootout and no winner crowned, head coach Claude Julien sent Marchand out in round six in hopes that Marchand would play the role of closer.
It was Marchand’s first shootout attempt in his four-year career, but Marchand did exactly what Julien sent him out there for when he snuck the puck through the five-hole of Devils goalie Johan Hedberg.
Marchand was asked if any of his teammates had advice for him on his shootout attempt.
“All I could hear was Segs [Tyler Seguin] saying ‘go high, go high.’ But, I just kind of blacked out. I don’t know what happened” said Marchand.
“I’m serious, I blacked out. I don’t know what happened. I just made a move and shot and looked back, and it was in.”
After Marchand’s goal, Tuukka Rask would go on to stop Marek Zidlicky’s attempt giving the Bruins the come-from-behind win, their fifth of the season.
Line-mate and shootout superstar Tyler Seguin stated he tried to help Marchand out with his shootout strategy.
“I told him to fake and go high” said Seguin, “but lord knows he’s not going to listen to anyone but himself.”
Marchand—who was having words with the Devils throughout the game— did admit that there was some chirping going on with the New Jersey bench after his successful shootout attempt.
“Yeah, there was some chirping going on all game. It was good to give it back.”
“Ah nothing” said Marchand with a smile when asked what he had chirped.